René Bihan, ASLA
San Francisco, CA
René Bihan, ASLA is the Managing Principal of SWA Group’s San Francisco office. SRené is an accomplished Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Educator interested in issues of Urbanism, Landscape Design, and their symbiotic relationship to dense urban cities. Based out of the San Francisco office, his studio was recently recognized with the ULI Global Award of Excellence for Beijing Finance Street, a significant urban park in the Heart of historic Beijing.
David Thompson, ASLA is a project designer with a broad range of experience, from detailed site design to complex urban planning. During his 25 years as a designer at SWA, he has worked mostly abroad, particularly in China, Latin America, and Russia. As a result, he has developed what he calls a “flexibility of approach” in solving complex design problems, and has become adept at “exercising the basic tenets of landscape architecture with the subtle complexities of culture and contextual geography.
Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA
Kinder Baumgardner is the managing partner of SWA’s Houston office where he is responsible for business development in emerging markets around the world. Kinder is a member of the Board of Directors for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the CSLA, and ASLA. He has been a speaker at international ULI functions, American and international universities and at professional conventions in Texas and Canada. He has over 20 years of professional experience.
Kerri da Silva, ASLA
Houston , TX
Sat, 9/29: 1:30 PM
- 3:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center
PDH Credits: 1.5
In recent years, American landscape architects have pursued international design commissions on a record scale. Through case studies and cultural anecdotes, this session will explore the cumbersome yet rewarding work that the presenters are doing internationally, focusing on China, Mexico, and the Middle East.
Learn about cultural issues with marketing, winning projects, and contracting with international clients.
Discover how to navigate the vague and cumbersome design expectations across divergent cultures.
Understand the distinctive expectations for services that US firms deliver to different cultures.